Community recycling award presented to Virginia Beach
The 2010 American Forest & Paper Association
(AF&PA) Community Recycling Award was presented to the City
of Virginia Beach. The annual awards recognize outstanding community,
business and school paper recycling programs across the country.
In 2009, Virginia Beach recovered nearly 23,800 tons of paper
and paper-based packaging for recycling – more than 68 percent
of all recyclables collected. Virginia Beach residents were educated
about the recycling program through print and online promotional
recycling resources that featured a “Catch the Wave…Recycle!”
slogan and clear visuals depicting recyclable materials.
Community-wide events and activities, such as the Annual Virginia
Beach Earth Day Celebration and Virginia Beach Celebrates America
Recycles Day, helped to further promote the recycling program,
and resulted in an impressive 67 percent participation rate in
The City’s curbside recycling program was developed and implemented
in 1997 in conjunction with TFC Recycling. The program currently
services 124,000 households at curbside, with additional recycling
services provided to 94 city schools and related buildings, 106
municipal buildings and 5 public-use recycling drop-off sites.